ER visits for heat injuries spike this month

KEEP COOL: HPA Community Health Division head Lo Su-ying said that the bodies of elderly people and children have more trouble keeping their temperature regulated

Taipei Times
Date: Jul 12, 2020
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter

People shield themselves from the sun in Kaohsiung yesterday.
Photo: Huang Chih-yuan, Taipei Times

The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) yesterday said that 190 people sought treatment for heat injuries at hospital emergency rooms (ERs) in the first 10 days of this month, and that not all of the injuries occurred outdoors.

Outdoor temperatures have on most days recently reached 35°C, and sometimes topped 37°C, resulting in a rise in heat injuries, it said, citing Central Weather Bureau statistics.

The types of injury are heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, it said.

From July 1 to Friday, there were 190 ER visits for heat injuries, up from 116 visits a year earlier, or about 1.6 times higher, the HPA said, adding that not all of the cases occurred under a scorching sun.    [FULL  STORY]

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